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I bring thee here today by Jacob Wilson

2018 finalist: Grades 7 to 9 category

CBC Books

May 23, 2018

Jacob Wilson is a 14-year-old student from Kamloops, B.C. (Submitted by Jacob Wilson)

Jacob Wilson is a finalist of the 2018 Shakespeare Selfie Student Writing Challenge. This annual writing competition challenges students to write a soliloquy or monologue in the voice of a Shakespearean character based on a prominent news, pop culture or current affairs event from the last year (April 2017 to April 2018).

Wilson, who attends South Kamloops Secondary School in Kamloops, B.C., wrote about the dispute between Alta. and B.C. over the Trans Mountain Pipeline from the perspective of Romeo & Juliet's Prince Escalus.

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Jacob Wilson, 14, talks about his shortlisted poem "I bring thee here today," which tackles the Trans Mountain pipeline debate.  3:08


I bring thee here today from lands afar
We came together in airplanes rather than car.
Queen Notley over Rocky Mountains you cometh,
King Horgan the Coast is where you are frometh.
I have consulted First Nations before we met,
The Trans Mountain pipeline how they do fret!
The chief would like the problem solved
and is thankful that I, Prince Escalus, am involved.
Queen Notley shouts "OIL" to prove her point
King Horgan's voice made her out of joint.

Queen Notley stands for the economy now
And King Horgan represents the environmental vow.
We will start the debate, I will listen close
Now it's time, discussion starts for you both.
King Horgan starts to speak and says, in harmony,
The pipeline might be good for the economy
But sacred lands it will go through
Our proud history, it will be a ruin.
Sea vessels wilt crowd our crisp waters
With expansion our nature will falter.
My true promise to Prince Weaver of the party Green
Was end pipeline expansion as they were ner keen

Wait! Wait! Interrupts the Notley Queen
I also have points to make us between.
If we stop this project the economy will be impacted
And we both would be less funded.
Queen Notley's future as Queen depends on the pipeline
And our views on this issue should align.
You two, I thinketh, do not need more critics
So did shalt we maketh this discussion quick!

Alas, the First Nations Chief spoke his truth
Nerin I thinketh for neither side to lose
We are best to find common ground by finding the way
In which we speaketh and what it is we say.
It is in the process of HOW we speak to one another
With respect, truth and understanding each other
Rather than words which wilt argument solve
This is how human understanding wilt evolve.